“We who belong to Christ can do this work of applying the effects of His eternal redemption to the needs of the world, and we are expected by Him to undertake this work as members of His Body. These are great truths which we must believe absolutely (without doubt or reservation) if we are to be adequately motivated to share zealously in this great work of our Merciful Lord. Indeed, this is a vital part of our mission as members of His royal priesthood: to share in the priestly ministry of Christ by offering up His sacrifice, in intercessory prayer, to obtain God’s mercy for ourselves and the whole world. PRAYING THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET As we say in the Divine Mercy Chaplet: ‘Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world” (see 1 John 2:2).
The devout praying of the Chaplet is, therefore, an important work of the priestly People of God. As we read in the Letter to the Hebrews (10:14) ‘…by one offering He has made perfect forever (that is, consecrated – Fr. A. Van Hoye: Structure and Message of the Epistle to the Hebrews, p. 69), ‘those who are being sanctified.’ This means that Christ communicated the priesthood to us who belong to Him. Priests are supposed to ‘offer… sacrifices for sins’ (Hebrews 5:1). In that same letter, we Christians are encouraged: ‘Therefore let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name’ (Hebrews 13:15). So, as we pray the Chaplet – ‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world’ – we are doing just that: offering our ‘sacrifice of praise’ to the Lord for His all-encompassing, saving work, and ‘offering sacrifices for our sins’. In other words, when we are prayerfully asking the Father, on the basis of the sorrowful Passion of His Son, for mercy upon the whole world, we are, in effect, prayerfully extending the Church’s ancient cry from the Mass, ‘Kyrie Eleison’ – ‘Lord, have mercy!’ – and applying it to the whole universe!”
– From: ‘Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying’, Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Imprimi potest: Very Rev. Walter M. Dziordz
÷ HOW TO PRAY THE CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY ÷
Use the Rosary beads and begin with:
Our Father…, Hail Mary…, The Apostles’ Creed.
On the large bead before each decade, say:
“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”
On the ten small beads of each decade, say:
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
“Holy God, Holy Might One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.” (repeat 3 times).